Serbian Orthodox Church
With the blessings of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, administrator of the Metropolitanate of Libertyville-Chicago, the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy and Inv ocation of the Holy Spirit was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America with the concelebration of episcopal deputy Very Reverend Fr. Dennis Pavichevich, Cathedral dean Reverend Fr. Darko Spasojevic, Reverend Fr. Radovan Jakovljevic, Reverend Fr. Vasilije Vranic, Protodeacon Fr. Milovan Gogic, and Deacon Fr. Damjan Bozic.
The St. Nikodim Chapel holds a special place in the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The St. Nikodim Chapel is located in Mars, Pennsylvania in the Episcopal Headquarters of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, the Diocesan Bishop. The St. Nikodim Chapel provides a place for His Grace to pray and to serve throughout the year. The St. Nikodim Chapel is a holy site for prayers for all the clergy, monastics and faithful of the Diocese, living and departed. Visitors coming to the Diocesan Headquarters during the year find the St. Nikodim Chapel to be a source of inspiration and a glory to God in the Serbian Orthodox tradition.
Syn. No. 1022 23 August 2010 In Belgrade
To the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, to the Clergy and faithful people of the Metropolitanate of Libertyville-Chicago
News of the passing of Metropolitan Christopher of blessed repose came to us while we were serving the Divine Liturgy on the day of the Lord's Transfiguration. The news was just as unexpected as it was sad. We were informed that His Eminence was afflicted with a serious illness, but no one among us expected that his life on this world would come to an end so quickly. Glory to the Lord for all things! Metropolitan Christopher of blessed repose leaves to his Lord, Whom he served faithfully and devotedly from his days as a student until his last breath. With his natural talents he was almost destined for the holy ministry of priesthood, to which he had committed himself in his youth.